Ukraine: New breakaway Ukrainian Orthodox Church holds first service

Metropolitan Epifaniy, the newly-elected head of the now independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, held his first liturgy inside Kiev's St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery on Sunday. The divine service began at 10am local time (08:00 GMT) and was attended by around 200 bishops, priests and laymen. The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's... Еще Orthodoxy, recognised the independence of the breakaway church on October 11. The Holy Synod, the highest governing body of the Russian Orthodox Church, cut ties with the Constantinople Patriarchate, after it recognised the new self-governing, or autocephalous, Ukrainian Church.

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